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Murder on the Oceanic (MYSTERY ALLEN)
by Conrad Allen
Worried about the presence of legendary financier and art collector J. P. Morgan aboard the Oceanic, ship's detectives George Porter Dillman & Genevieve Masefield are also coping with a recently engaged couple, a charming rake, a controversial painter traveling with his bohemian wife and gorgeous model, & two suspicious cabin stewards.

The Sheltering Sky (FICTION BOWLES)
by Paul Bowles
Three Americans drifting through postwar North Africa encounter the limits of human existence in the form of a land and a people utterly alien to them.

Night Train to Lisbon (FICTION MERCIER FORMER)
by Pascal Mercier Former
Latin teacher Raimund Gegorius boards the night train to Lisbon, carrying with him a book by Amadeu de Prado, with whose work he becomes obsessed.

A Room with a View (FICTION FORSTER)
by E.M. Forster
Miss Lucy Honeychurch is an upper class young English woman whose inherent passion for life is stifled until a trip to Italy where she tastes impetuousness and begins to take her life into her own hands.

The Hungry Tide (FICTION GHOSH)
by Amitav Ghosh
Presents a novel of life in modern India, chronicling the interwoven journey of an American marine biologist & a Delhi businessman who travel to the remote Sundarban islands.

The Hunters (FICTION GRIFFIN)
by W.E.B. Griffin
Charley Castillo & his team travel to Uruguay in pursuit of answers pertaining to missing oil-for-food scandal funds, only to witness the murder of the man they seek.

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing : From the Files of Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator (MYSTERY HALL)
by Tarquin Hall
A prominent Indian scientist dies in a fit of giggles when a Hindu goddess appears from a mist and plunges a sword into his chest.

On the Road (BK ON CD KEROUAC)
by Jack Kerouac
A 40th anniversary edition follows the counterculture escapades of members of the Beat generation as they seek pleasure and meaning while traveling coast to coast.

The Double Comfort Safari Club (MYSTERY MCCALL SMITH)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Mma Ramotswe & Mma Makutsi travel north of Botswana to visit a safari lodge where there have been several unexplained and troubling events--including the demise of one of the guests.

Dear American Airlines(FICTION MILES)
by Jonathan Miles
A scathingly funny story of a stranded airline passenger, whose enraged letter of complaint transforms into a lament for a life gone awry.

Mutant Message Down Under (FICTION MORGAN)
by Marlo Morgan
A fictional account of an American woman's 4-month odyssey through the Australian Outback with the region's native people shares a message about living in harmony with the world around one.

Star of the Sea (FICTION O’CONNOR)
by Joseph O'Connor
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during the summer of 1847, a boatload of Irish refugees heading for the promise of America is stalked by a killer in their ranks who seems bent on revenge.

The Accidental Tourist (FICTION TYLER)
by Anne Tyler
The meeting of Macon Leary, a travel-hater who makes his living writing travel guides called "The Accidental Tourist In...," & frizzy-haired, nonstop talker Muriel sets off an unexpected chain of events.

Sky Burial : an Epic Love Story of Tibet (FICTION XINRAN)
by Xinran
In 1958, notified that her husband, a doctor in the Chinese army has been killed in action in Tibet, Shu Wen joins the army, determined to go to Tibet to uncover the truth, only to find herself alone in Tibet, embarking on a 30-year nomadic odyssey.

NON-FICTION

Spain, a Culinary Road Trip (394.12094 BATALI)
by Mario Batali
With several friends, Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow travel through Spain, eating & soaking up the culture.

Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America With Einstein’s Brain (616.07092 H342)
by Michael Paterniti
Albert Einstein's brain floats in formaldehyde in a Tupperware bowl in a gray duffel bag in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is Michael Paterniti, a young journalist from Maine. Sitting next to him is an eighty-four-year-old pathologist named Thomas Harvey who performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955 - and simply removed the brain and took it home. And kept it for over forty years.

Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and the Dark Side of Soccer (796.33466 VECSEY)
by George Vecsey
A sports columnist presents a travelogue of the last eight World Cups during which he Immersed himself in the great national leagues, historic clubs, and devoted fans, and met such stars as Socrates, Maradona, Baggio, and Zidane.

Climbing High: A Woman’s Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy (796.522 G193)
by Lene Gammelgaard
On May 10, 1996, the Danish author became the first Scandinavian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and, also, a survivor of the Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition that claimed eight lives.

French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France (796.62 M824)
by Tim Moore
The humorous account of an amateur's participation in the Tour de France documents his resolve to complete all 2,256 miles of the competition, his use of hay fever pills for ephedrine boosts, his addition of cheap wine to his water bottle, and his encounters with some of the race's top heroes, including Lance Armstrong.

Footsteps: From Ferrante’s Naples to Hammett’s San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World (808.803 FOOTSTEPS)
A curated collection of the New York Times' travel column, "Footsteps," exploring classic authors' relationships to landmarks and cities around the world.

I Saw Ramallah (892.78603 B251)
by Mourid Barghouti
A Palestinian poet and intellectual offers a memoir of his return to the West Bank after thirty years of exile, noting the changes in his birthplace & family since his departure in 1967.

Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It (910.4)
by Geoff Dyer
The author journeys around the world reflecting on the disparity among anticipation, Expectation, and reality and examining the ways in which experience is shaped by place and how it in turn affects how we feel about ourselves.

The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home (910.4 I97)
by Pico Iyer
A unique exploration of "globalism" takes the reader on an international trek to discover the settings where cultures collide, from Hong Kong, where hotels are islands of self-sufficiency, to the Olympic Village in Atlanta, an unwitting monument of "universalism."

My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere (910.4 O71)
by Susan Orlean
The author presents a selection of her travel essays, recounting her adventures in a variety of exotic locales and global subcultures, from the African music scene in Paris to the World Taxidermy Championships in Springfield, Illinois.

Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth (910.4092 P742)
by Albert Podell
In anecdotal vignettes, the author recounts his successful quest to set a world record for visiting every country on Earth, a decades-long journey on which he survived everything from riots and civil wars to earthquakes and animal attacks.

Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before (910.92)
by Tony Horwitz
Documents the three high-adventure voyages of Captain James Cook, who between 1768 and 1779 mapped a final third of the globe that was previously uncharted.

The Grand Tour: the European Adventure of a Continental Drifter (914.04 MOORE)
Tim Moore describes his own travels around Europe in the footsteps of 17TH -century courtier following a trail of mishaps & misadventures from England to Italy & back.

A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler (914.04561 M468)
by Frances Mayes
The author who captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany expands her horizons to immerse herself in the sights, aromas, & treasures of twelve new special places.

Italy Out of Hand: A Capricious Tour (914.504)
by Barbara Hodgson
The co-author of Paris Out of Hand provides a witty, idiosyncratic tour of Italy in a guidebook that includes eclectic information about Italian history, art, people, landmarks, and other oddities.

Italy : the Best Travel Writing From the New York Times (914.504 ITALY)
A lavishly illustrated tribute to the locales and culture of Italy.

The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily (914.5804)
by Theresa Maggio
A fascinating foray through Sicily's most secluded and least explored mountain towns, from the small towns surrounding Mount Etna to the quaint villages in the Madonic Mountains, vividly bringing to life the culture, tradition, and history of these remote locations.

A Fez of the Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat (914.96104 S438)
by Jeremy Seal
Recounts his adventures traveling through Turkey in search of the history of the fez, using it as a key to understanding the country's history and culture.

Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment (915.04 B531)
by Richard Bernstein
The literary critic for The New York Times retraces the path of Buddhist monk Hsuan Tsang through Asia, vividly reconstructing the spiritual and physical journey undertaken by this famous holy man in the sixth century.

I Have Seen the World Begin (915.04 J54)
by Carsten Jensen
A Danish literary critic describes his journey to the Far East, blending social commentary, personal insights, global history, and observations of people and places in his portraits of the cultures of China, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (915.138)
by Peter Hessler
Records the author's experiences as a Peace Corps English teacher in the small Chinese city of Fuling, during which time he witnessed such events as the death of Deng Xiaoping, the return of Hong Kong to the mainland, and the construction of the Three Gorges Dam.

Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka (915.493 GIMLETTE)
by John Gimlette
Takes readers on a journey through Sri Lanka, an island of extravagant beauty and profound devastation, encountering world-class cricketers, a former president, ancient tribesmen, survivors of civil war massacres, and British expats.

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival (916.4804)
by Dean King
Chronicles the hardships encountered by twelve American sailors who, in 1815, were shipwrecked on the coast of North Africa, captured, sold into slavery, and sent on a difficult odyssey through the perilous heart of the Sahara.

Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel (916.604)
by Jeffrey Taylor
Takes readers into one of the least Westernized and travel-friendly regions of the planet--the Sahel, the lower region of the Sahara and the belt where Islam meets Central Africa. 

Patagonian Road: A Year Alone Through Latin America (918.04 MCCAHILL)
by Kate McCahill
A chronicle of a young woman’s solo journey from Guatemala to Argentina and her struggles with language, romance, culture, and homesickness.

Return to Babylon: Travelers, Archaeologists & Monuments in Mesopotamia (935 FAGAN)
by Brian M. Fagan
This updated edition of a classic relates the archaeological history steeped in excitement & danger, when extraordinary men & women working amidst feuding tribes & bands of thieves made stupendous discoveries of ancient cities such as Babylon, Ninevah & Ur.

The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs (944.361 SCIOLINO)
by Elaine Sciolino
The former Paris bureau chief for "The New York Times" invites readers to join her on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, in a part memoir, part travelogue, part love letter that celebrates the rue des Martyrs' rich history and pays homage to the people who live there.

City of Falling Angels (945.31)
by John Berendt
Traces the aftermath of the 1996 Venice opera house fire, an event that devastated Venetian society and was investigated by the author, who through interviews with local figures learned about the region's rich cultural history.

Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia (946.8)
by Chris Stewart
A bestseller in England, this warm, funny account of a British family's attempt to make a home in southern Spain follows the first drummer for the rock band Genesis as he heads for Andalucia with his wife and kids.

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (954.79205)
by Suketu Mehta
A multifaceted portrait of Bombay, India, and its people offers an insider's study chronicling the everyday life of the city and its inhabitants, from the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs to the inner sanctums of India's film industry to the diverse people who come from the villages in search of better life.

The Bookseller of Kabul (958.1)
by Asne Seierstad
After living for 3 months with the Kabul bookseller Sultan Khan in the spring of 2002, Norwegian journalist Seierstad penned this astounding portrait of a nation recovering from war, undergoing political flux and mired in misogyny and poverty.

Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier (968.94042)
by Alexandra Fuller
The author details her unique friendship with one of her parents' neighbors in Zambia, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war, and their mutual odyssey to revisit scenes of the war and come to terms with the horrors of warfare.